Posted by: Upāsaka | 05/03/2016

I undertake the training rule to cultivate appreciation of the good qualities of others’ and abandon jealousy.

As much as I’m loathe to admit it, I find myself comparing myself often to my peers and, rather than cultivating a sense of appreciative joy for what they have (materially of course) I feel pangs of jealousy and covetousness. In addition to being envious of others’ material circumstances I think what is even more pernicious and common for me is to feel invidious of my peers’ spiritual success and gains.

This seems to me the most destructive of proclivities because it is only through the practice of teachers and students stretching over millennia that I have even met with the Dhamma. May I remember this and reflect frequently on the blessings of others, especially those practicing paths to purity.

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